9 thoughts on “Room-Temperature Superconductors”

  1. There seems to be plenty of room down in the lattice and phase structures of the titanium polyborides, such as titanium diboride etc. 110K isn’t exactly room temperature but a lot higher than 2K. (Admit I haven’t read the paper, it’s behind a paywall). Maybe a fertile place for an AI to look?


  2. When will AI answer the following question, “What is the structure of a chemical that reproduces using only sunlight and the components in air and will consume CO2 to completion”?

    1. I tried out ChatGPT.

      You have to hand it to the algorithm that its prose is glib, but as far as looking stuff up, I don’t see it as any better than a Bing or Google search.

    2. Speaking of AIs, if you hooked them up to a huge array of chemical sensors, I wonder how hard it would be to train one to reverse engineer spice and seasoning mixes?

  3. “They used lutetium, which is only about a fourth the price of gold. ^_^”
    It’s so cheap because nobody has much of a use for it. Production is a whopping 10 tons a year. Very rare, hard and messy to refine, not going to matter.

  4. I’m inclined to think that the breakthrough with the pressure is that it’s not temperature, in terms of molecular speed, that’s the problem, it’s the distance the atoms move out of alignment as they vibrate.

    Though this is a notion that just occurred to me, based on no concrete knowledge of how pressure affects what an atom in a crystal does.

  5. Just about everything that has come out about this in the last week says it’s all made-up bullshit, and Dias is not-so-subtly being accused of scientific misconduct. Similarities to the infamous Schoen case are being bruited about.

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